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What would you look like in Egyptian art? – a project

By | 2017-09-20T16:53:59+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Art, Egypt|

What would you look like in Egyptian art? Ancient Egyptian sculptors wanted to show what people were really like inside, not just what they looked like on the outside. What if you drew two portraits of yourself - what you really look like on the outside, and what you are really like - [...]

Code of Hammurabi project – ancient West Asia

By | 2017-09-14T11:49:18+00:00 September 14th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Code of Hammurabi (1700s BC) Here are a few of the 282 laws of the Code of Hammurabi. Write an essay, or discuss among your classmates, about which ones you think are good laws and why. Which laws would you change? Why? 3. If any one bring an accusation of any crime before [...]

What is a pontoon bridge? History of science

By | 2017-09-08T09:08:30+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Science, West Asia|

A pontoon bridge from the Column of Marcus Aurelius, in Rome A pontoon bridge is a temporary bridge that you make by lining up a lot of boats crossways across the river, and then putting wooden planks over the boats to make a bridge. You can see one in the picture. It's a fast way [...]

Building a sukkah – Jewish holidays

By | 2017-08-23T23:30:35+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Sukkah - a temporary house just for the holiday While you're learning about the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, you can build your own Sukkah. You can build a Sukkah out of anything, except that the roof has to be made of plant material like branches, and it has to have gaps in it big enough to [...]

Multiculturalism project

By | 2017-08-23T23:25:13+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

The priestess Meretites hugs her husband, the singer Kahai (Saqqara, Old Kingdom Egypt) The story of Abraham is one where Abraham meets people from different cultures - the Sumerians, who live in cities and use irrigation agriculture, the Egyptians, who might kill Abraham to get his beautiful wife Sarah, and the Canaanites, who sacrifice their own children. How would we [...]

Hanukkah projects – Jewish holidays

By | 2017-08-23T23:16:07+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Potato latkes cooked in oil are a traditional Hanukkah food Hanukkah is first and foremost a holiday about olive oil, so a good way to get to know Hanukkah better is to fry some kind of food in olive oil. Usually people make latkes, or grated vegetable pancakes. Here's a super-healthy recipe for latkes that [...]

Dreidel project – Hanukkah games

By | 2017-08-23T23:06:46+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

A Hanukkah dreidel Since the 1700s AD, people have often celebrated Hanukkah by playing the dreidel game. The first thing you need to play the dreidel game is a dreidel. It's better to buy a dreidel (DRAY-dell) because if you make your own it's very difficult to get it to play fair: it's always going to land [...]

Tornado in a bottle – Weather science project

By | 2017-08-20T17:05:57+00:00 August 20th, 2017|History, Physics|

A tornado in a bottle You can make your own tornado to see how it works. Fill a one or two liter bottle, like a soda bottle, with water. Add a bunch of glitter to help you see the tornado more clearly. Put the top on the bottle. Now swish the bottle around a bunch to [...]

Thermometer projects – Temperature science

By | 2017-08-20T14:57:02+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Physics|

See how the degrees match up. To prove to yourself what temperature water freezes and boils at, fill a pan with ice from the freezer. Stick a thermometer in it (not a fever thermometer! Use an outside thermometer for the freezing part and a candy thermometer that goes up as high as boiling water for the boiling part) [...]